Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Latest

Heebsters, Friends and Honoraries,

We've got lots of great news to share! My recent trip to Israel and Limmud Hungary was a wonderful success and so many of you were a part of it. Because of the generous donations to the Friends of Lisa's "Latte Campaign," we quickly met our goal to underwrite the costs of the trip. It was an awesome, heartwarming experience to watch the numbers climb so quickly over a short period of time. Abundant thanks to you all and to the crowd sourcing whiz team at for making this dream a reality. We ♥ you! Not only was Limmud Hungary a fabulous experience--where we shared, celebrated and explored what it means to be Jewish today. But so was the "after-party." We've been invited by a number of Hungarian organizations to join the fabulous festivities that fill the historic Jewish Quarter in Budapest every Chanukah. We’ll keep you posted with more great news ahead. In the meantime, let us know if you’ll be in those parts and/or want to join the street team as the story of the Cool Jew Project continues. We'd love to have you on board!


It’s hard to believe but since last December, the Cool Jew story--and several other sessions about innovations on the Jewish cultural landscape, tikkun olam and more--have appeared at a whopping seven Limmud conferences: UK, NY, LA, Atlanta, Berlin, Holland and, as you just heard, Budapest. These festivals are filled with learning, sharing, presenting, schmoozing, exploring... and so much more. With that in mind, I couldn’t suddenly go cold turkey in 2011, so next calendar year will bring at least three three Limmuds in a row: Limmud NY in January, Limmud LA in February and this just in, Limmud Winnipeg in March. I’m honored to be part of a first: the maiden voyage of Limmud in Winnipeg. Join us!

The Word Was Spoken

My trip to Israel had so many highlights: presenting at the Conservative Yeshiva, performing at Off The Wall Comedy Basement, appearing on a few radio shows and much more. This week, I broadcast via Facebook my longing for Jerusalem. And then, suddenly, I’m part of a pre-recorded broadcast from Jerusalem. "An Evening of Spoken Word at Avram Cafe" airs in just a couple of hours, starting at 10 pm Israel time, on Most of this totally awesome program is in Hebrew, but my autobiographical piece about visiting Poland with my dad, “Shoah Camp 2000,” is the English-language finale. Tune in soon and check it out!

Schmooze By Day/Oyhoo By Night!

Where can you find Achinoam Nini "Noa", The Klezmatics, and Joshua Nelson jamming by night and Ari Roth and other Jewish luminaries schmoozing by day? There's only one place and it's name is Schmooze! January marks my fourth year as part of the team creating the annual Schmooze Conference on Jewish arts and culture in NYC. Join us for this fab gathering of Jewish cultural leaders, artists, curators, critics, agents and more. We're upping the schmooze factor to make this year's gathering more valuable than ever with: SpeedSchmoozing * Artist Showcases * Panels * Cocktail Parties * Discussions * Art Bursts * Presentation of the new IJPA site for Bookings, Tour Info, Networking and More * Gourmet Cultural Pairing Lunch and a host of valuable sessions! Oyhoo launches January 10th at 8 pm and Schmooze at 9 am on January 11th at City Winery, New York City. For additional information and registration, contact

As always, the eight days of Chanukah are eight great days to share Cool Jew! Pick up copies for your friends, fam and yourself on Amazon here. And check out more our logo gear at the Cool Jew store on Cafe Press. Discounts apply all week--no coupons required.

Wishing you Happy Chanukah blessings of light, love and miracles!

And, of course, a l’chaim in your latke!


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